fish dam road

The Search for Fish Dam Road

Click here to view a map of the route of Fish Dam Road. It has a fair degree of detail. For larger maps, significantly more detail (and larger downloads) click here for the map key.

Fish Dam Road began as a foot trail in the 1600’s and connected two Indian villages, one on the Neuse River and one on the Eno River. The road remained in prominent use until the 1920’s, when parts were abandoned and other parts were incorporated into current-day streets.Joe Liles, an art instructor at the NC School of Science and Mathematics, has become the single most knowledgeable person on Fish Dam Road. In the spring of 2003 he took his students in search of the road. During the spring intensive of 2004 a new group of students under Joe’s tutelage have been exploring the road.Read more about their project here.

History of Fish Dam Road

Notes from the field: student search

Read local news stories

Interviews with long time residents

Some of the people involved

This got to be so interesting it was the focus of the 2005 Eno River Calendar. Read more aboutthe calendar: Click here. To purchase your own copy of the 2005 calendar and explore Fish Dam Rd. on your own, visit our Eno River shop.

We want your stories

If you’re old enough to remember Fish Dam Road, or have family members who do, we want to hear from you. The road began as a foot trail in the 1600s and later connected what is now eastern Durham County to the colonial capital of Hillsborough. It was used heavily until the late1920s, when it was incorporated into other streets. At one time, parts of Carver Street and Highway 70 and all of Cheek Road were known as Fish Dam Road.

Contact: Joe Liles at joe.m.liles@gmail.com Phone:  (919-451-4016)

Markham Map

In the 1940’s Allan Markham put together maps of the area with original land grant information. Read about his map and how it informs the research on Fish Dam Road. Start here.